Counting & Protecting
In addition to the challenge of off-road traffic counting, the township also needed an additional solution in place in the event that a speeding problem was determined to exist. Ideally, they wanted a solution that could inform them where and when speeding was taking place so that they could then enforce speed limits with police patrols and return safety to local streets.
City officials decided to first tackle the issue of a traffic counter that could work without being installed on road surfaces. Initial estimates were in the vicinity of $15,000 per system, a prohibitive cost considering that the township would still need to purchase additional solutions to tackle possible speeding.
Ideally, Clearview wanted to find a solution that could:
- Provide accurate traffic and speeding data to assess problem areas
- Did not require on-road installation due to snow plow concerns
- Offer accessible, easy-to-access data and reports
- Warn drivers that were speeding to encourage safer driving
- Provide real time speed data for township roads
- Alert the township to times of the day and week when speeding was most prevalent so that enforcement could be implemented
- Offer portability for use at multiple township locations
When Clearview was looking into solutions in the $15,000 range just to monitor traffic, Mr. Lemay recommended the SafePace 100, which, at around a quarter of the price of the other systems, could not only count traffic, but also display speeds to drivers, and provide the township with valuable data regarding where and when speeding was taking place.
Mr. Lemay introduced the SafePace 100 to the township as “a neat little system that gets fantastic results.”
The SafePace 100 signs are being used by Clearview to:
- Obtain accurate traffic counts without using on-road tubing to determine where resident complaints were substantiated with genuine speeding issues.
- Analyze sign data in the event that speeding was substantiated to determine where need was greatest and speeding issues were the most critical.
- Display speeds to driverson streets where speeding was an issue to encourage them to slow down.
- Gather data remotely via the SafePace Cloud and generate reports to determine when and where speeding was happening most.
- Decide when and where enforcement should be implemented based on the patterns of driving behavior demonstrated through SafePace Cloud reports. A police officer then targets trouble areas to curtail speeding and return safety to local roads.
- Move and deploy the portable signs to test additional locations and begin the process again.
- Allowed the township to count, track, and analyze data without installing on-road tubing or incurring prohibitive costs
- Been deployed at numerous locations thanks to their portability, which maximizes the signs’ benefits without the added cost of purchasing additional systems for each location
- Created real and positive change in the driving behavior of Clearview drivers and the enforcement ability of the Clearview police.